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Game Informer has received word from multiple sources that layoffs have hit Thief developer Eidos Montreal. The staffing cuts are said to affect approximately 30 employees.
Eidos Montreal released Thief last week to varied critical response (our review). Prior to Thief, the studio was responsible for Deus Ex: Human Revolution and is working on a new Deus Ex transmedia project called Deus Ex: Universe.
When reached for comment, Square Enix confirmed the details. "Yes it is true we've let 27 people go today, unfortunately it's something that every major studio has to do sometimes in order to ensure you have the right set up for current and future projects," a representative told us via email. "It's never a nice thing to do but we are genuinely trying to offer as much support as much as we can. We're trying to re-locate as many people as possible into other roles here or at our other studios and we've been in touch several studios in Montreal to arrange a career day for those affected by this. We're very thankful for all their hard work and we sincerely wish them well."
Our TakeOur thoughts go out to those affected by the layoffs.